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Publix, Kroger, Walmart to install plexiglass barriers at registers in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Publix aisle, PC: Channing Frampton
Posted at 9:23 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 15:58:36-04

LAKELAND, Fla. (WTXL) — Publix, Kroger and Walmart announced in separate press released they are working to add physical barriers between customers and employees in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

According to a spokesperson with Publix, the Florida grocery-store chain is installing plexiglass barriers at its registers, customer service desks and pharmacies.

Installations will begin this coming weekend, Publix said.

Walmart also said they will begin spraying grocery carts with sanitizing solution and are installing floor decals at both the entrances and in checkout lanes, making it easier for customers to judge the proper social distance from each other.

Kroger, which operates Ralphs and Smith’s, will also install plexiglass partitions

The new barriers are expected to be fully installed within the next two weeks.

Albertsons grocery stores, which own and operate supermarket chains Safeway, Shaws, Star Market and Acme, has already started installing the barriers to its checkouts at

As of Wednesday afternoon, state health officials reported almost 1,700 cases of coronvirus in Florida, and the death toll has reached 22.

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